Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Just for fun

I very much admire painters who are brave enough to leave out a lot of detail. Less is more! This painting is done in the style of a British painter named Stephen Brown. I like to practice these types of things to see if I can really accept not painting a face. No face! Look...the dog has more of a face than the woman does. This was enjoyable to paint..and it is larger than you'd think..36x36.

Today I packaged up three paintings to send to the Keizer "Winter Solstice". My cat moofie decided to make himself cozy in my bubble wrap supply. Winter Solstice is part of the celebration of the new Keizer Civic Center. Come join in for the art sale on Friday Jan 29 4pm-8pm and the Mayor's Gala & Auction 6pm-10pm. On Saturday Jan 30 the art sale continues 10am-5pm with the Thomas Dove Statue Unveiling at 2:30pm. Food is served 3:30pm.
City of Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road, NE Keizer, OR 97307

19 comments:

Julie Hill said...

love this one too!!!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Is Moofie popping the bubbles? I LOVE popping bubbles! Less is more-- more evocative, more suggestive, MORE! Weird how that works.

ArtSparker said...

That painting has the heat shimmers of s Summer's day, wonderfully atmospheric.

billspaintingmn said...

Celeste,the colors and brushstrokes
are fun in themselves.
The composition adds to the space they have "just for fun."
This painting is loose and fresh, painting a face would only take away, instead of add.
Good artistic call, I'd say!
(That's a cool looking cat!)

Sheila said...

I love the way you are able to render such a mystical sky. This is a wonderful piece and so large! It must be stunning seeing it in person. I like how you stretch yourself and try new things.

PS
Moofie is soooo cute!!! I'm sure Moofie assumed you were laying down all that comfy bubble wrap just for him/her.

Caio Fernandes said...

you know Celeste , is a pleasure to read you because you really feel pleasure painting , you have pleasure with the chalanges of it and your sense of humor is a delicious to me . you have the paiters humor !! it is so natural for you !
yes , it is a chalenge , at least for me , do not paint the face . hahah!!
but you did a such marvelous work !!!
your cat is gorgeous !! wow !! i love this kind of colors of hair combined with this color of eye !!
and he seems to be huge !!
mines , all girls , are so small !!we could introduce your boy to my girls , i bet they will fall in love with him !!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

The painting has such mysterious atmosphere--the faceless person contributes to that, too. I love the technique and that you are stepping outside your comfort zone.

Gregory Becker said...

"Just for fun" has a strong impact. We should never underestimate the power of "Just for fun."
That is a strong piece.

AutumnLeaves said...

Wish I could come out for the events, but alas, I am much too far away. It sounds like just my cup of tea. At any rate, I love the subdued feel to this piece, the bit of hinted menace with the dark of the hulking building in the background. Of course, my imagination just really gets to running with a piece like this. So perfect, so wonderful Celeste. And thank you too for your wonderful comments on my blog. Glad we "found" each other!

Roberto Marín said...

GORGEOUS!

PAMO said...

Celeste- I always enjoy how you explain the origins of your well thought out work. Your comfort in sharing your process speaks to your comfort and skill as an artist. Moofie is a total doll!!

Kathy said...

Celeste, I agree with you - less can be more! This is a wonderful painting and has an air of quiet mystery to it. I'm beginning to experiment with the "less is more" approach in my newest series and love the possibilities. Good luck at your art sale!

Sherrie Russ Levine said...

Celeste this is incredible, especially since it's so large!

Annie Salness said...

"I very much admire painters who are brave enough to leave out a lot of detail. Less is more!" I agree! I appreciate your determination to continue to expand yourself and learn! I would love to see the painting up close and get a good look at the layers of color and brushwork!Now I'm off to look up Stephen Brown.

B Boylan said...

Celeste, love the graphic nature of your composition...and the dogs face! HA! Yeah, less IS more!

My cats are always helping in the studio too, sometimes to their detriment!

hwfarber said...

I want to PAINT LIKE THIS! Beautiful.

Michael Orwick, Orwick Arts said...

Love it, fun to see what you are up to when you are not wearing your super hero out fit and taking care of all us artists.
Good luck with the show.

Karen E. Lewis said...

Love the big painting with no detail. The brushwork and colors make it.

Dean H. said...

The post title "Just For Fun" could be "Serious New Direction Which Is Great Fun"!
This painting is a BREAKTHROUGH if ever I saw one.
Way to go, my friend!


God Bless, Dean